6 August 2018
. . . Politics claim all the hype
UNCERTAINTY hovered above the Koffi Olomide headlined gig in a week characterised by the harmonised elections, which were marred by violent scenes last Wednesday.
As such, people were generally scared of gatherings especially at night and the Saturday event was a huge gamble on the part of the promoters.
It emerged that when some revellers saw a huge number of policemen at the venue they left in fear.
This in no doubt affected the turnout.
On a ‘normal’ week, a line-up of Koffi, Alick Macheso, Winky D and Suluman Chimbetu would have been a guaranteed full house but it was not to be and organisers might have been left counting losses.
The promoters, Sound Blaze Entertainment, were brave to go ahead with the gig and attracted a fair crowd under the circumstances.
When Macheso appeared on stage, it was a sorry state in as far as crowd was concerned that could have sent shivers down the organisers’ spines but the situation improved to a respectable crowd deserving of the star studded line-up.
A local music promoter who requested anonymity said:
“Had this week not been affected by some violent scenes, this would have been a huge show. It is no doubt that the fear of the unknown has kept people away but under the circumstances, the promoters have done well. The elections and post poll scenes took all the limelight but they have managed to put on a good show.”
All the artistes gave it their all in as far as performances are concerned.
Macheso was the first big name on stage followed by Sulu, Winky D and the main act Koffi.
Winky D, one of the crowd favourites, came in on a high but the microphone challenges were frustrating him, experiencing challenges at the onset of his set.
He soldiered on much to the pleasure of many, delivering hit after hit.
Koffi did not take long to put people on the dance floor with his yesteryear hit Loi before belting other hits such as Selfie much to the pleasure of many.
Supported by his 19-member band, Koffi showed why he is regarded as the godfather of rhumba.
He hailed the show organisers mentioning Zodwa who later joined him on stage for a dance.
Constant sound glitches were becoming a threat, dampening the mood of those that had overcame their fear and attended the gig.
On that, Sound Blaze should have done better.
Winky D’s set was affected that he had to give a word to the engineer, taking a line from one of his old hits, “engineer, I’m not violent but don’t push me.”
Koffi who came after Winky D also had a similar challenge with the microphones and kept giving signals to the sound engineers.
This however did not stop the artistes from giving their best.
Violent scenes also marred the show with suspected pickpockets on the receiving end, being bashed for attempts to pilfer from merrymakers.